A Dancing Soul – Artistic Reel shoot with ZEISS Milvus 2.8/21
Optimal image performance and enhanced build quality for decades of use on set. All ZEISS Milvus lenses have an exceptionally long rotation angles of the focus ring for precise focusing. The practical, rubber-covered focus ring features outstanding grip properties for optimal focusing. The ‘de-click’ function in the ZF.2 mount lenses allows filmmakers to adjust the aperture freely and smoothly, enabling professional results even in changing light conditions.
by Antonio Azzurro
In July last year I received a phone call from a friend in New York. There was an important dance award in the Big Apple. The art director contacted to shoot a photo reportage about the event. Dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company (one of the most famous dance companies in the world) were scheduled to perform.
I photograph dancers on a regular basis. I am also a young cinematographer. Therefore, the connection was quite simple – I wanted to shoot a dance video around New York City, with one of these amazing dancers. I decided to shot the reel with the RED Raven and ZEISS Milvus 2.8/21. The behind the scenes images are taken with Milvus 2.8/21 lens as well on the Canon 6D. This lens is amazing, especially on the RED Raven. It is very compact and therefore ideal for travel. I can also use it with great success for both applications: still and moving images. I have decided to only use the 21 mm focal length because of the sensor crop factor of the RED Raven. This camera lens combination gave me an extraordinary look for the images. I also used the ZEISS gear rings for the focus motor on my gimbal. The focus movement is very smooth thanks to the gear rings. Attaching them is so easy. After the video scene was captured, it was no problem to go back in photo mode – I simply removed the ring and put the Milvus lens back on my Canon 6D.
This lens gave me a lot of satisfaction: No distortion or chromatic aberration, full frame coverage on my full frame photo camera, and crisp images. We had a lot of fun in New York City. Sometimes I had the time to take some architectural pictures and capture the beauty of the city with all its lights.
My favorite part of this project was a great photo session we did with the Martha Graham Dancers in Central Park. It was all about colors, movements and emotions. My thanks to people trust me: Mr. Riccardo Mangiarotti, (Panatronics) Italian ZEISS and Red dealer. Mr. Marco Auricchio (ZEISS Germany), Mrs. Giulia Kascina (Anna Pavlova Network, Russia), Mr. Dino Carano (Acsi Dance Italy) and Mr. Antonio Cangiano, the fantastic dancer you see in the video.
Antonio Azzurro is a Dance Photographer and young cinematographer based in Napoli. He dedicates most part of his work life to shoot photo and video to the dancers around the world. He is the official photographer and cinematographer of ACSI Danza in Italy. He works also for the Italian government shooting natural documentary. He is a Panatronics Ambassador.